It has been a long time since my last blog post. In the past couple weeks there have been a lot of changes. First, our house closed and we moved in. The Internet was finally installed today. I couldn’t ask for better timing because I have a lot of grades to enter for school because the second six-week grading term has already come to a close.
In regards to my knee, I have finally seen the new doctor that my lawyer arranged me to meet. I really wish that I would have hired a lawyer much earlier in the game because I finally now feel like I am getting the care I deserve. I met with the doctor and he is going to have me see several specialists. I am meeting with a new orthopedic surgeon whom specializes in sports medicine. I also have an appointment to meet with a psychologist and an internal doctor to discuss how not running is affecting my happiness and how this injury is affecting my sleep. Also, I have already met with a neurologist to discuss and test the nerve damage that I experienced in surgery in my left leg.
After I woke up from anesthesia, I noticed that I did not have any feeling whatsoever in my left upper thigh. I would poke it as hard as I could and I didn’t feel a thing. The only sensation I had was when I would smack it. I would feel an abnormally sharp stinging sensation all over. Since surgery, the overall area of this has slightly subsided, but still, five and a half months after surgery I am having this problem. When I met with the neurologist, he conducted a nerve test. I had no idea what the nerve test consisted of. Had I known, I probably would have been much more apprehensive about it throughout the day.
The nerve test consisted of electricity and needles. Both of my legs were shocked and stuck with needles. When the time came to stick the needle in my left leg where I don’t have any feeling, I did not feel it at all. I actually asked the doctor when he was going to do it and he informed me that he had already stuck me and taken the needle out. This was just odd to me. But, what was most peculiar of all was the fact that the one part of my leg where I don’t have any feeling was the one part where the needle stick did the most damage. I bled and bruised. In fact, even more than a week later, I still have this bruise. I should know the results of this test the next time I meet with the doctor. I am excited to see the extent of my nerve damage. Hopefully it isn’t too bad.
Zac and I adopted the puppy from the shelter today and we get to bring her home tomorrow! Yay! She was so happy and excited to be able to get out of the kennel for some playtime before we made the adoption final. She didn’t even bark at any of the other dogs as we passed the other kennels on the way to the play yard. Kittens crossing her path didn’t phase her much either. I have a feeling she is going to be an amazing addition to our family. We named her Zoey, which means life, and I feel that it is a perfect fit.
It looks like there may be an addition to our family! Say hello to Zoey. She is the little doggie that Zac and I are hoping to adopt next week, and she will also become my new running partner once my knee gets better. She literally walked into our lives earlier this week and it was love at first sight for Zac.
This sweet little girl wandered into the ambulance bay at Zac’s work on Monday. She spent several hours with the paramedics in the ambulance bay. She was overjoyed to have friends and freshwater. Once the animal control officer from the Humane Society got to his work to pick her up, Zac was already in love. He was told that if she wasn’t adopted in about five days she would most likely be put down because she is a Pit Bull mix. This broke his heart. He sent me a picture message of her with the text, “wanna adopt her?”
On Tuesday, we went to the shelter to visit her and I fell in love also. At this time, we had an uncertain close date on our house and I was stressing out about finding her a foster home until we closed. I was actually quite stressed about this because I wanted to get her into a consistent home as quickly as possible. This situation all went away on Thursday of this week when we learned that the last remaining document we were waiting for from the seller’s lawyer came in. We should have our keys on Wednesday! Wow. It seems like forever; we’ve been in escrow for more than two weeks already!
So, Zoey is officially available for adoption on Monday. The only way we won’t get her is if her owners, if she even has any, claim her tomorrow. However, I do not think that she has any because if they exist, they haven’t claimed her yet and she is doesn’t have a collar or a chip. Once we adopt her, she will have her surgery on Tuesday and we can pick her up Tuesday night. I can’t wait for her to finally be out of that shelter; it is so depressing. Once I am back to running, I have a great feeling that she is going to make an excellent running companion.
I really wish I could run right now because I LOVE Jimmy Eat World’s new song “My Best Theory.” It is such a great running song. Hopefully I am running soon.
One year ago today, I was in the best running shape of my life. At this time last year, I ran a 10K and a half marathon on back-to-back weekends and ran great times for me. I had signed up for the 10K on a whim; I had never ran a race that distance before and I felt it would be a great tempo run in preparation for my half marathon the next week. When I signed up for that race on a whim, little did I know that I would be the overall female winner of that race. It was a great feeling crossing that finish line knowing that I was the overall female winner. Then, the weekend after that, I ran a half-marathon in 1:42. Wow! That was a huge time improvement for me. For the longest time I was trying to break the 1:50 barrier and after training all summer, I ran a 1:42. I wish that I was out there running now, but I have come to the realization that it will still be quite some time before I am out on the roan running to my heart’s content.
On a positive note though, I am so happy with how my knee is beginning to feel as I continue to take Celebrex. It has most definitely helped with the pain and swelling, but unfortunately the popping is still there. But still, this is progress. I am just hoping to not have to take it for the rest of my life. Ideally, by the time 2011 rolls around I will no longer have to take this medication twice daily because the side effects are pretty startling, especially the long term ones.